Never give up hope............

My oldest bulldog, Otie, has spent the last five days fighting for his life.  He fell ill on Thursday night (into Friday) and by Saturday was on IV's at the vet.  It happened so quickly and seems like just a blur.  They ran a battery of tests (blood workups, x-rays and ultrasounds) and saw that his liver and spleen were enlarged, but no masses. His blood cell counts just kept dropping and it was grim.  Today I thought I would have to make the decision to put him down (he was crashing anyway!).  My vet discussed options with me and at the end of our conversation he said, "I REALLY want to do surgery on him and see what is in there!"  I took a leap of faith and said yes!  They found a splenic torsion (twisted spleen) that was literally killing him.  Nothing showed up in any of the tests.  They removed the spleen and a small mass on his stomach (not in it) that the vet is 99% sure is benign.  He is not out of the woods yet, but if I can keep him around for three more days, or three more months, or longer, it will be so worth it.  The next two days will be critical, as those blood counts HAVE to get better, but there is hope when I thought there was none.  At least I am at peace (regardless of what happens next) that I did everything I could to save him.

Stay strong Otie......and come home.


  Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 29, 2013)



Deborah and the NC gang's picture

sending prayers for Otie...

glad you took a leap of faith....


AmyandSophia's picture

Oh no, sweet Otie. I am praying for that baby boy...

And for you, Vicky. Many, many heartfelt prayers. 


Amy and Sophia

MacknTeaBoneTillieMae's picture

hugs, love,

and prayers otie honey!! feel better and be home soon!!



Mack 'n' Tillie Mae Mack



attitude is altitude!



Dave and Zapper's picture

Sending prayers and positive thoughts out for Olie !




Kymberlee and Dreadnought's picture

Prayers to your baby!

Get well soon, little buddy.  He is such a sweetie!



**********"Life is far too short not to have a little umbrella in your drink"**********

CathyandZimmer's picture

Sending huge prayers for Otie

Sounds like you have a great vet also. Praying for a speedy recovery for Otie & hugs to you!


Cathy & Zimmer



artieandgumbo1's picture

Hang in there!

Thinking of you guys.

Céline and Angel Stella's picture

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed!

Hang in there Odie!!! And mom too...

Angela and PollyAnna's picture

Oh Odie....

We are praying for you buddy and your family!!! Get well!!!


PollyAnna's Words of Wisdom


Hoping and praying for good results for Otie


Prayers to Otie and his family...

Keep on fighting bigboy.


Pegsy's picture

hi guys...

Been on mat leave n on bedrest since last fri.n although

my pregnancy has been pretty good all around...the last 

2 wks have been the longest n most frustrating-ugh!!!

I'm due on the 28/06...i don't see it happening but who knows!

I'm sorry to hear about otie Vick...thoughts n prayers to that

beautiful boy...(((hugs)))smoochies the scrunchy face!

Will keep everyone posted his bulldog outfit n stuffie is ready

n laid out for that first photo!

xox to all the scrunchy faces in here-missing all of u!

good luck on your delivery!

Thinking of you as well!


  Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 29, 2013)



Stephanie and David's picture

Sending love to both of you.

Get well, sweet bulldog.

Cory's picture

My thoughts an prayer's are with you, I prayer it will be ok

I know how hard it can be not being able to make our baby's better an watching them suffer kills us ! I pray that Otie will be back to normal in no time an everything will be just fine.


Cory & Penelope